Football Frequently Asked Questions

FHSAA Officials Online Evaluation Program

In an effort to discover excellence, stimulate improvement, give officials accurate data for reflection and ascertain weaknesses; the FHSAA has created its first online officials evaluation program.  Please take the time after each of your varsity contest to fill out the evaluation survey.  If there’s room for improvement for the crew, we request that you state the situation(s).  The FHSAA aims to use this program to not only give measures to our officials for improvement, but to inform our officials when they are doing a great job.  If the tool is successful, the FHSAA plans to use it as an additional tool for future post season assignments.  Please CLICK HERE for the evaluation link.  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Craig Damon at cdamon [at] fhsaa [dot] org.

2014 NFHS football rules changes: click here

2014 FHSAA & NFHS football rules and edits in brief: click here

2015 FACA summer clinic football update: click here (PPTX)

FHSAA Heat Acclimatization Policy – Updates

  1. Changing the time limit to three hours for a practice during the first two weeks in order to stay consistent with NCAA rules which use the three-hour benchmark.
  2. Walk-throughs are not permitted on days that have two practice sessions.
  3. Weekly practice time shall not exceed 24 hours for days 8-14.
  4. Voluntary conditioning—defined as prior to the first official date of practice—is recommended not to exceed three hours.

Football - Heat Acclimatization Policy

  1. Helmets only the first two days of practice.
  2. Shoulder pads added on days 3-5.
  3. Full gear and body contact begin on day 6.
  4. Six practice sessions are required before any student-athlete is available to participate in a contest.
  5. During first five days of practice, arm shields, tackling and blocking dummies, sleds and other devices can only be used for teaching. Deliberate body-to-body contact is prohibited

What is the official ball?
The Spalding J5V Advance or the Spalding TF-SB1 shall be the official ball(s) of the FHSAA State Football Series. The use of one of these balls shall be mandatory in each district tiebreaker, regional tournament game, state semifinal game and FHSAA Finals game. The host school shall ensure the use of the official Spalding football. If the visiting team desires to use its own footballs, it may do so provided it furnishes its own Spalding J5V or TF-SB1 model.  The purchase of Spalding footballs, if necessary, will be considered an expense of the tiebreaker or game and reported as such on the financial report form. Spalding and the FHSAA will provide the actual footballs to be used both in competition at the FHSAA Finals.  Failure to comply shall subject the host school to penalties including, but not limited to, financial penalties and revocation of state series event hosting privileges in the respective sport.

Additional NFHS "Catch Definition" rule 2-4-1 situations: click here